Novice teams in­spire Cee­bee Stars

The Compass - - PORTHTE -

Other tour­na­ments hon­our­ing those in­volved in mi­nor hockey were the Bobby and Jerry Thoms Me­mo­rial Pee­wee A Tour­na­ment, held in mem­ory of two pee­wee play­ers who drowned off the coast of Labrador 31 years ago when they were 13 years old, and the Lloyd Neil Ban­tam A Tour­na­ment, named af­ter a long­time coach and player with Ceebees mi­nor.

There is also the Craig Shute Me­mo­rial Un­der- 12 Girls’ Tour­na­ment named af­ter the vol­un­teer who was in­stru­men­tal in the growth of the girls’ di­vi­sion in Ceebees mi­nor.

Pen­ney said hold­ing these tour­na­ments is only a “small to­ken” to the fam­i­lies.

“We want to do what­ever we can do to hold the mem­ory,” she said. “It’s hold­ing the mem­ory across gen­er­a­tional gaps.”

One thing Pen­ney is sure to do is to in­vite the fam­i­lies along and to make them a part of the event.

“It makes them so proud when they are in­volved,” she said.

A novice in­spi­ra­tion

Late last month, Ceebees mi­nor held its Danny Cleary Novice Jam­boree, with nine teams com­pet­ing — two of them from Har­bour Grace.

Prior to the Cee­bee Stars se­nior men’s game Jan. 28, the two novice teams were given per­mis­sion to use the dress­ing room at the far end of the rink.

As a sign of ap­pre­ci­a­tion, the novice play­ers cre­ated posters to hang on the walls for their favourite play­ers.

“It’s about build­ing re­la­tion­ships,” said Pen­ney.

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